The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that older adults have a higher chance of contracting the coronavirus. Still, many of them aren’t taking hygiene regulations and social distancing seriously.
A lot of parents are now annoyed as their children are frustratedly trying to urge them to comply. If you’re that kid whose parent or grandparent is rebelling against the CDC’s directives on COVID-19 precautions, here are some tips that can help you have that effective and courteous conversation you’ve wanted to have with them!
Find The Right Person
Sometimes elders still see their grown-up kids as yet just that—a kid. If it’s the same case for you, we encourage that you find out who your parent would listen to, and make them your trusted messenger. A sibling, family friend, minister, or anyone they comfortably trust will do.
Do It Out Of Love
Make sure you clearly communicate that the reason you’re talking to them about changing their behavior is that you love them and you want them to experience a longer life with you. Why? Because this conversation can quickly feel like it’s about authority and control, which you don’t want to happen.
Questions, Questions, Questions
To truly understand why they’re behaving so carelessly, ask your mom or dad questions and listen to their response. Hearing where they’re coming from will help you verbalize it back to them, which will show that you understand they’re point of view. Then, you can help your parent find ways to improve their behavior—unlike just telling them what to do.
Trust Worthy Sources Are Your Allies
Do you know where are your parents or grandparents are getting their information? The older generation of many families follows sources that are downplaying the pandemic by stating that social distancing and mandated closures are unnecessary. You and your loved ones should be getting accurate, science-based information straight from reliable sources like the CDC.
Be Wary Of Your Tone
Although you might feel the urgency, you mustn’t pressure or badger that particular family member into a specific course of action. Believe it or not, this usually just leaves most folks feeling bitter and misunderstood. It may even lead them to defend their actions more firmly, which is counterproductive.
Acceptance Is The Key
At the end of the day, even if your older loved ones aren’t heeding your calls to shield themselves against the coronavirus, we still urge you to extend your love, care, and respect to them. During these trying times, connectedness is fundamental for older adults, so teach them newer ways to connect—and pledge to stay connected. This way, the space for future conversations remains open, and you avoid ruining your relationship.